Tom Lane wrote:
>>> I think there's a reasonable argument that by installing
>>> a .a file that isn't a shared library, we are violating
>>> the platform's conventions.
> Hm. This seems possible with some moderate hacking on Makefile.shlib
> (certainly it'd be no more invasive than the existing Windows-specific
> platform variants). [...]
> Another issue with installing only .a is that there's no provision
> for versioning in .a library names ... what happens to someone who
> needs two generations of libpq on his machine?
Ok, I have spent some time researching and thinking, and I
have three proposals how to deal with linking on AIX.
1) Leave everything as it is and add the LDAP libraries to the
AIX hack in Makefile.shlib.
- Little work.
- PostgreSQL will continue to be statically linked on AIX (unless
somebody feeds configure the right LDFLAGS).
2) Remove the AIX hack from Makefile.shlib, add -brtl and
-blibpath:"$(rpathdir)":*-L directories in LDPATH*:/usr/lib:/lib
(this sets the AIX equivalent for RPATH) to LDFLAGS for AIX.
- Dynamic linking on AIX.
- The organization of the libraries (libpq.a static,
libpq.so dynamic) is similar to other operating systems.
- The library organization is counter-intuitive to AIX people,
and most people will inadvertedly link statically when linking
- According to Rocco Altier it will not work on historic
versions of AIX (no -brtl flag).
3) Major hacking in Makefile.shlib to achieve the following:
- libXX.so.n is built from libXX.a in the traditional way.
Then libXX.a is deleted, and recreated as archive
- Linking takes place withOUT -brtl, but with -blibpath:...
as in 2).
- When the shared libs are installed, I see two options:
a) copy (and overwrite) libXX.a to libdir, do not
b) Look for existing libXX.a in libdir, extract all
libXX.so.k from it, mark them LOADONLY with
'strip -e libXX.so.k', create a new libXX.a with
these objects and the new libXX.so.n
- Dynamic linking on AIX.
- AIX-conforming organization of libraries.
- In the case of 3)b), multiple versions of the library
can be retained in the same archive. Linking is only
possible with the latest versions, but old programs
continue to work.
- 3)a) will probably work on older versions of AIX
(I hope there's a -blibpath flag).
- Much work, particularly with 3)b).
- Library organization on AIX will be different from other
- 3)b) will probably not work on old versions of AIX
(I read a posting that makes me believe that 'strip -e'
was not around before 4.3.3.
I am willing to implement whatever solution we decide upon.
I personally would prefer 3)a), but am happy with anything
I personally would prefer 3)a)
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